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MATCH REPORT

PUBLISHED
16:57 10th September 2011

Leeds United 3 Crystal Palace 2

Following the international break Crystal Palace continued their Championship programme with a visit to Leeds United at Elland Road. The home side went into the game without the departed Max Gradel as Simon Grayson made three changes to his line up and Dougie Freedman brought Wilfried Zaha and Peter Ramage into the starting line-up. The afternoon got off to the worst possible start for the visitors when they found themselves behind on eight minutes. The opening goal of the afternoon came about after a fine cross from the left by Charlie Taylor was met by Ross McCormack who headed home giving Julian Speroni no chance in the visitors goal. The lead only lasted four minutes though as Palace made the most of one of their set piece routines. Wilfried Zaha won the free kick and the ball was put into the box by Mile Jedinak and at the far post Paddy McCarthy fired in the equaliser. Leeds were soon back with a chance of their own as a free kick from just outside the box was parried out by Speroni but fell straight to Robert Snodgrass and he saw his effort strike the post and go out of play. On 20 minutes Palace had turned it around in an amazing opening period to the game as Jermaine Easter collected a throw in and his cross was turned in by Sean Scannell, to the delight of the Eagles fans behind that goal. The scorer had a further chance soon after as he got on the end of a right wing cross from Peter Ramage but his header went over the bar without troubling Andrew Lonergan. Just before the break a good run forward by Easter saw him beat his man and set up Zaha just inside the box and his first time curling effort was tipped over by Lonergan as Palace completed an excellent first half which saw them dominate and go into the break with a fully deserved lead. Palace came out at the start of the second half and immediately showed their intention with their first attack of the half winning a corner. Scannell broke clear of his man and his shot was closed down by a defender and the next move saw the striker involved again as he found Easter and his shot was turned around the post by Lonergan. Leeds first chance of the second half came six minutes in when a cross from Snodgrass was met by Ross McCormack and Speroni saved low down and then he pushed away a free kick from distance by Snodgrass in the home side's next effort on goal. Two changes were made from the bench by Grayson to try and get his side back in the game with both Luciano Becchio and Mikael Forssell coming on and it was one of those that put the match back on level terms. Becchio had only been on the pitch a few minutes before he got on the end of a free kick from McCormack and headed home past Speroni to make it 2-2. Twelve minutes remained on the clock when Dougie made his first change of the game as he replaced Easter with Glenn Murray. It was too be Leeds turn to come from behind though as with six minutes remaining McCormack collected a knock down from Forssell and he turned and fired past Speroni to give his side the lead and what turned out to be the winner. Further changes from the bench saw Calvin Andrew and Darren Ambrose come into action and four minutes of added time was shown. Late opportunities fell to Murray and a through ball nearly found Ambrose as he was closing in on goal but they couldn't add to their first half goals as time run out. Disappointment for the large travelling support after the first half display had promised so much but in a game of comebacks it was the second half one which sealed the victory. Teams Leeds Lonergan, Lees, Kisnorbo, O'Dea, Taylor, Snodgrass, Howson, Brown (Sam 75), Nunez (Becchio 58), Keogh (Forssell 58), McCormack. Subs Not Used: Rachubka, Bromby. Booked: Taylor, Howson. Crystal Palace Speroni, Moxey, McCarthy, Ramage, Tunchev, Wright, Easter (Murray 78), Parr (Ambrose 85), Jedinak, Scannell (Andrew 87), Zaha. Subs Not Used: Price, O'Keefe. Booked: Easter, Zaha. Att: 23, 916  Referee : Scott Mathieson (Cheshire). 
    Data provided by Press Association